Skin Picking Can't Stop

11 July 2019 - 9:54

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Is skin picking a part of this? I get anxious and I can't stop. I have other OCD symptoms such as relationship OCD involving compulsive confessions. I also will ruminate on concerns for days. Then later they seem silly. Bottom line, I'm always thinking and always stressed. I feel like I always have to do everything perfectly, and it causes stress, breakouts, and when I don't feel perfect, I attack my skin, unconsciously almost. 

I'm trying to solve the worry, stress, and skin picking and would love any tips anyone has. 

This post has been thanked 1 time. 11 July 2019 - 16:25

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Hi,

I am sorry to hear you've been experiencing these symptoms and struggling- I will try my best to help you by providing you with some information that can hopefully help you in regards to which steps you can take,

It is firstly important to mention that we are not medically trained at OCD Action and so I am not able to give you a diagnosis or offer any medical advice, but I am able to provide you with the information that I have of OCD and offer emotional support. I am sorry to hear that you have been struggling, I will try and help as much as I can.

You haven't mentioned whether you have received an official diagnosis of OCD or not, so it might help for me to explain what the disorder is to help to see whether you shows similar symptoms. OCD stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder. The obsessions are intrusive and unwanted thoughts that people experience, causing them extreme anxiety. The compulsions relate to behaviours that OCD sufferers perform in order to reduce the anxiety that accompanies the intrusive thoughts. I will leave a link below containing more information about OCD:

http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/resource/what-is-obsessive-compulsive-disorder

If you are curious as to whether you have OCD, the first step you need to take is to see the GP, where they can ask you some questions and then decide whether you have a diagnosis of OCD or not. This will hopefully help to calm your worrying caused by not knowing whether you have OCD or not. I will leave a link below to a GP card that we have on our website, which you can give to your GP to help to get the conversation going if you’re nervous. If after seeing your GP, you find that you do have OCD, there are 2 possible main treatments.

http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/sites/default/files/pdf-precompiled/ocdbdd_gp_card.pdf

OCD can include many different symptoms and if you are unsure whether your symptoms are caused from OCD, it is definitely worth taking the time to talk to a GP  

Kind regards,

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19 November 2019 - 7:59

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I have all sorts of OCD including skin picking.  I am on a medication for something else that makes this worse at a certain dose - but two things that have made it even worse have been taking supplements that were not prescribed by my doctor - some people recommend vitamins for OCD, but I have also read in many places that too much of certain vitamins can cause anxiety or depression - and drinking alcohol- I don't drink at all now because otherwise I get bad intrusive thoughts about a week later.

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